With WWE heavily invested in the idea that Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins are an item, it’s logical to assume the company sees dollar signs when it comes to pushing their relationship on WWE television and pay-per-views.
At Stomping Grounds, the show essentially revolved around these two competitors and every time the opportunity arises, Lynch and Rollins are eyeing each other, sharing glances as they pass in the hallways and not-so-subtly alluding to a romance that will be the backbone of the Universal and Raw Women’s titles for months, if not years, to come.
In fact, WWE teases their relationship so often, it almost feels forced or unnatural. There’s an argument one could make this all a facade and meant for tv.
As such, I’m not personally in love with how often the two are used on camera together and the only thing that might save this is a storyline that takes advantage of their bond in a way that not having them onscreen together can’t.
WWE must have a plan. The question is, what is it?
Lynch in Jeopardy?
One theory suggests that Lynch is about to find herself in real jeopardy with Rollins forced to make a choice.
This is a storyline WWE has done before. The champion must choose between the woman he loves and the title. If he has to save her, does he put his belt up in a situation he otherwise wouldn’t? Perhaps he takes on insurmountable odds. Maybe he gets screwed out of the title while he’s too distracted on the peril his girlfriend is in? Whatever the case, the idea here is to feel sympathy for both Lynch and Rollins with a super-heel character getting a ton of heat as the program works its way through the many stages.
The downside of this is that Lynch becomes a potentially weaker version of the character she’s spent months building.
The other question is, who becomes that heel? Corbin doesn’t get enough credit for the work he’s doing but he’s not ready for that huge a role yet, in my opinion.
Lynch Stands Up, Becomes Bad Ass Again
Another way to go is setting the stage for Lynch to be in peril, only to stand up to the heel and save the day for Rollins. This would bring instant buzz back to the Lynch character which has lost some steam since WrestleMania.
Bully Ray brought up the idea on an episode of Busted Open, saying ideally, the perfect scenario is staring down someone like Brock Lesnar. If and when Lesnar chooses to cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase and does so on a prone and helpless Rollins, Lynch being the only thing that stands in his way would do wonders for her character.
Whether WWE goes all the way and actually has Lesnar and Lynch get physical is another debate and probably not necessary, but could create an interesting storyline unto itself.
The ultimate setup here would be Lynch turning on her boyfriend. Sometimes such an obvious buildup of a romance like this is done so that when it crashes down, the impact is far heavier than it otherwise might have been.
The risk here is that Lynch is arguably the company’s biggest babyface and turning her on Rollins hurts that. But, if fans grow tired of this relationship being thrown in everyone’s face, it won’t matter anyways.
This would be the ultimate betrayal and a great way to set Lynch up as the biggest heel in the company.
What WWE Should Do With Lynch and Rollins
There are a few things the company could do. What it shouldn’t is keep things on the trajectory they’re on without a huge payoff at the end.
This won’t end in an in-ring wedding, we know that much. But there could be ways to build this relationship up without making everyone sick and turning the WWE into the Rollins and Lynch show. As it stands now, WWE is heading towards a mixed-tag match with Rollins and Lynch vs. Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin. I’m not sure too many fans would be excited about that possibility.
What do you think? What would you do if you were writing this Lynch and Rollins relationship storyline?